Playfair Park Hike

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Very Easy
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1.1 km
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22 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Playfair Park trail follows a 1.1 km hiking circuit in Saanich, BC, that traverses a series of paved pathways through a public park. Along the trail, hikers will make their way through scenic stretches of forest and open grassy areas that stand in contrast to the large rock formation in the centre of the park. With little elevation and some nice scenery, this is a fun nature walk that hikers of all skill levels can enjoy.

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Route Description for Playfair Park Hike

The trek through Playfair Park isn’t much of a hike, but that doesn’t stop it from offering some amazing scenery for those looking to walk along its forested trails. The route consists of nice paved pathways that are easily accessible for hikers of all skill levels, including those with strollers and wheelchairs. As you meander under the shade of the trees and through the peaceful gardens, you will feel a sense of tranquillity that you don’t often get in the middle of the city. The real point of interest along this hike, however, is the rugged rock formation in the centre of the park that is perfect for exploring. Whether you are looking for a small urban adventure or a quiet spot to sit and think, the trails in Playfair Park are the perfect getaway within the city.

Getting to the Playfair Park Hike Trailhead

To get to the Playfair Park trailhead from Victoria, head north on Quadra Street for 3.7 km and turn right onto Rock Street. After 180 m, turn left and you will arrive at the parking area next to the trailhead.

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